Guide to knowing when to image the ventral surface of Lepidopteran wings

LepNet imaging protocol strongly suggests imaging both the dorsal and ventral side of wings for Lepidoptera that have distinctive color patterns on underside of wings. This would include butterflies and some moths that have distinctive patterns on the hindwing (e.g., Stamnodes. some tortricids) or have males with distinctive melanic sex scales on underside of wings (e.g., Proteoteras). Listed below are families and genera that are known to have species with distinct ventral markings and thus it is important to photograph both the dorsal and the ventral surfaces of wings. 

In general, any moth with a pattern or sex scales (including melanic scales and hair pencils) on the ventral side of forewing/hindwing should be photographed.

This Excel file includes information listed below Imaging Survey_Family_Final

 

Dorsal and Ventral images
Hesperiidae
Lycaenidae
Nymphalidae
Papilionidae
Pieridae
Riodinidae
Brahmaeidae
Callidulidae
Castniidae
Chimabachidae
 
Families with some species that need Dorsal and Ventral
Drepanidae
Erebidae
Geometridae
Hyblaeidae
Lacturidae
Noctuidae
Saturniidae
Uraniidae
Zygaenidae

 

Genera containing at least some species known to have ventral markings and should have both a dorsal and ventral image.  If you know of other genera please contact neil.cobb@nau.edu .

Noctuidae
Annaphila
Sympistis
Eutricopis
Schinia
Spaelotis
 
Geometridae
Stamnodes
Stamnoctenis
 
Erebidae
Crambidia
Agylla
Spilosoma
Catocala
Drasteria

 

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